My name is Fátima Andrade Martínez and I am extremely excited to continue as the College Adviser for Boost! I was born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in East Oakland, California. I graduated from Oakland High School in 2015 and went on to attend UC Santa Barbara. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2019 and majored in Latin American Studies. I am the first person on both sides of my family to attend and graduate from college, so college was challenging but not impossible. My experiences have increased my desire to help other first-generation students arrive and graduate from college.
Last year, I was able to work with Boost Students to create plans to be competitive students for college. I know how exciting and stressful applying to college can be for both students and their families. My goal is to ease this process for both parties while simultaneously enhancing the college-going culture at Boost! Ultimately, I am here as a resource and to help students achieve their goals.
Areas of Support
The college application process can be confusing and filled with many small details and questions. During the school year, the college adviser focuses on supporting students on preparing for the application process. Seniors are able to work with the college adviser within group and individual settings. There is an intensive focus on applications and essays during students’ senior year.
The college adviser works with students to sign up and prepare for the SAT/ACT. During these unprecedented times, the college adviser works with students to keep up with the changing updates and for students to make informed decisions about their standardized testing options.
The college adviser works hand in hand with students and families to find matching scholarships to the student’s needs. They work hand in hand to review all of the financial aid packages that different universities offer students. The college adviser’s goal is to provide important information for students and families to make the best financial decision for themselves.